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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The area’s most advanced pediatric emergency room for children needing emergency medical treatment and trauma care for life threatening injuries or illness.

Children's Hospital of Georgia
1446 Harper Street
Augusta, GA 30912
877-561-5600
Emergency Department: 706-721-7337 (PEDS)

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Our Approach

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Emergency Department provides medical treatment and trauma care.  As the only dedicated pediatric trauma center in a 150-mile radius of Augusta, Georgia we diagnose and treat over 30,000 children a year.  We provide pediatric emergency care for infants, toddlers, children, teenagers and young adults up to age 21.

Our pediatric emergency department is the only one in Augusta’s River Region that is staffed by fellowship-trained, and board certified, pediatric emergency medicine physicians. That means that our physicians have received an extra 3 years of training in:

  • Trauma stabilization and care
  • Airway management in infants and children for things like sudden asthma attacks or choking.
  • Cardiac issues, we can recognize strange arrhythmia or heart problems after surgery.
  • Laceration and wound care
  • Sedation, for children who need pain management for an injury.
  • Poisoning, we are trained to recognize and manage poisoning in children
  • Non-accidental injuries, we are trained to recognize and managing children suffering from non-accidental injury
  • Shock, we can stabilize patients in shock from severe infection, dehydration or bleeding
  • Fractured bones and dislocation stabilization and care.
  • Neurologic emergencies such as intractable seizures, head injuries and mental status changes.
  • Disaster management

Direct referrals to Pediatric Sub-specialist 

Children’s Hospital of Georgia provides the full services of a children’s hospital unlike any other hospital in the region. We work closely and collaboratively with all pediatric sub-specialists in our hospital, this direct access gets your child in front of a doctor who is trained to provide them with the best care for their presenting problem.

Sub-specialty services include:

  • All pediatric Surgical sub-specialists
  • Pediatric Gastroenterologists
  • Pediatric Cardiologists
  • Pediatric Endocrinologists
  • Pediatric Pulmonologists
  • Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Specialists
  • Pediatric Allergists
  • Pediatric Critical Care Intensivists
  • Pediatric Hospitalists
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Rheumatologists
  • Pediatric Nephrologists

Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

We are an American College of Surgeons verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, which can only be earned by a facility that shows it can provide all resources necessary to deliver quality care to trauma patients.  This includes transport and care of patients, their treatment in the hospital’s emergency room, and rehabilitation aftercare.

Care is provided 24 hours a day/7days a week. The Pediatric Emergency Department has facilities that include:

  • A 16-bed unit
  • 2 resuscitation bays
  • 2 bed orthopedic and procedure room
  • 4 rooms that convert into negative pressure rooms for emerging infectious diseases
  • State-of-the-art equipment including advanced airway and ultrasound capabilities

Transfer to our PICU and NICU

If needed, your child can quickly be moved to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for further treatment. Our high-level intensive care units provide additional care if it is determined that your child is seriously injured or ill enough to be admitted to the hospital.

Patient-and-Family-Centered Care

We provide care for our pediatric patients in a child-centric environment. As leaders in the Patient-and-Family-Centered Care concept, our compassionate staff will discuss with you and your family everything that is happening to your child. Our doctors and nurses go over with you the care your child is receiving, and the options they have for treatment and rehabilitation. The Emergency Department is also staffed with Child Life Specialists to help your child during their visit. 

If your child is suffering with any serious or life-threatening illnesses, injuries, or condition, you need to get them to us immediately, or call 911 and tell them to get your child to Children’s Hospital of Georgia.  Critical problems that should be seen immediately include:

  • Altered level or loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Head injury
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • High fevers in an ill-appearing child
  • Change in mental status
  • Poisoning
  • Seizure
  • Shock
  • Serious trauma (motor vehicle accident, pedestrian struck, serious fall, etc.)
  • Eye injuries
  • Uncontrolled pain

Other conditions include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma attack
  • Burns
  • Chest Pain
  • Choking
  • Severe Cough
  • Deep Cut/Wound
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes with complications
  • Severe Diarrhea
  • Mental and behavioral health emergencies (violence, suicidal thoughts, etc.)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Swallowed object
  • Severe Vomiting
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Ferguson, Michael, MD

Emergency Medicine

Shiver, Stephen A., MD

Emergency Medicine

Wambsgans, Sal J., MD

Emergency Medicine

Sinex, James, MD

Emergency Medicine

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